The Traditional Britain Group strongly condemns the government’s planned “reforms” of the House of Lords. These plans are a betrayal of Britain’s history, heritage and constitutional traditions, and any party worthy of the name ‘Conservative’ would not even consider supporting them.
The House of Lords has served Britain well for centuries. With its origins in Saxon England and the Norman inheritance, pre-Union Scotland & Ireland, it was present throughout the greatest upheavals in English history, and its Peers were instrumental in building and administering the largest empire the world has ever seen. We owe the Lords a lot and should show due respect to this essential part of our constitution.
New Labour’s expulsion of our ancient aristocracy from the upper chamber was nothing more than shameless Class Warfare and did nothing to improve the quality and competence of the Lords. Indeed the corruption already shows that they actually debased The House. Now the ‘Liberal’ Coalition wants to effectively abolish a millennium of tradition and create a Senate’ full of career politicians who are elected for 15-year terms on full salaries. How could anyone call this an improvement? It will cost a fortune. We don’t require two elected chambers.
We call on the government to abandon these foolish, disastrous reforms and instead to announce that Blair’s “reforms” have been a failure and that they propose to repeal his distastrous Bill. The House of Lords were still performing a thoroughly useful role in revising bad legislation right up until the outrageous expulsion of the hereditary peerage. The system wasn’t broken and didn’t need fixing, so now is the time to eschew further vandalism and restore our constitution to its former glory.